10/05/2011 01:42 EDT | Updated 12/05/2011 05:12 EST

Silence of Charest's Liberals proves they've been bought: opposition politician

QUEBEC - One of Jean Charest's opponents says the Quebec government's silence on allegations of corrupt political financing proves it has been bought by engineering firms.

Quebec solidaire member Amir Khadir is alleging there are links between the provincial Liberals and two engineering companies: Cima+ and SNC Lavalin.

He says the party received more than $1.6 million in donations from individuals linked to these two firms between 2000 and 2009.

Khadir's comments come after the province's anti-collusion watchdog recently reported that engineering companies have too much influence over the Quebec government.

Khadir says Charest's Liberals are essentially corroborating the political-financing reports by not denying them.